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Greenville firefighters, officers prepare for emergencies with ice rescue training

The majority of local lakes, rivers and streams may be safely frozen over for the time being, but in a matter of weeks, the current frozen tundra that is Michigan will began to thaw, creating dangerous situations for those who continue to venture onto the ice. That’s why members of the Greenville Department of Public Safety took time Thursday afternoon to partake in an ice rescue training session on Baldwin Lake, to remain proficient in their skills before the dangers of thawing ice occur.

Jacob Rytlewski

Montcalm County’s recycling coordinator resigns

Jacob Rytlewski is exchanging a job in an often cold climate for a new adventure in a warmer atmosphere. Rytlewski, the resource recovery coordinator for Montcalm County, has resigned to take a job in Florida. His last day working for Montcalm County will be Feb. 21 and he plans to head south in early March.

Lakeview’s Lauren Jaquays attempts to block a shot by Central Montcalm’s Hannah Christensen on Thursday evening at Central Montcalm High School.

Lakeview extends winning streak, defeats Central Montcalm

The Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team keeps on winning. The Wildcats extended their winning streak to 16 games on Thursday with a 54-29 win at Central Montcalm. That was about the only thing coach Dave King was happy with.


CC-Crystal cruises by Montabella, wins 14th straight

The last time Montabella’s girls basketball team played Carson City-Crystal, the Mustangs didn’t make a field goal and lost 26-8. For the first half of Thursday’s rematch, it looked like they may get shut out again.

The Alpha Family Center was given approval Thursday by the Greenville Planning Commission for a special land use for this building at 705 N. Hillcrest Drive, which formerly housed Hillcrest Free Methodist Church. The center currently resides at 117 E. Montcalm St., but representatives from the organization say the new location better serves their mission. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Alpha Family Center relocating to new Greenville address

The Greenville Planning Commission on Thursday approved a special land use that will allow Alpha Family Center, a community service organization, to move operations into the building that previously housed Hillcrest Free Methodist Church.


Funeral Notices – Feb. 14, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

Guest View | Rick Outman

GUEST VIEW: Be someone’s hero through mentoring

The American Heritage College Dictionary defines a hero as “a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life; a person noted for special achievement in a particular field.”

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: What does it cost to educate a child?

One of the pleasures of writing this column comes when I meet someone who has read it and expresses appreciation for it. The only thing that makes that better is when someone offers a suggestion for a topic that they would like to see discussed in a future column. That occurred this week when it was suggested that there was an article in a Sunday paper that I should write about.

After Karen Garvey and her husband, Dick (pictured), attended the Mackinaw Mush in Mackinaw City, they discovered the thrill of speed in dog sledding. The Garveys belong to Mid Union Sled Haulers (MUSH) and compete in three-dog and five-dog sprints of seven to 10 miles. — Courtesy photo

Edmore family finds thrills in dog sledding

Karen Garvey of Edmore has always enjoyed winter sports. When Bradys’ Hills, a downhill ski area near Lakeview, closed during her teenage years, she searched for another wintertime activity. She tried cross country skiing, but missed the speed. After she and her husband, Dick, attended the Mackinaw Mush in Mackinaw City, they discovered the thrill of speed in dog sledding, one of North America’s oldest winter sports.


Montcalm Township purchases fourth siren

What started as one storm siren expanded to two, then three … and now the Montcalm Township Board has approved the purchase of a fourth (and final) siren.